BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Facing an opponent that has been in the NCAA tournament twice since 2013, the Bridgewater College men's lacrosse team battled the entire way in an 8-7 home loss to Susquehanna.
Kevin Metzger had a huge game in the cage for the Eagles with 17 saves and six ground balls. At the other end, Chris Voorhees scored four times, twice on assists from Sean MacLeish. Voorhees also became Bridgewater's third member of the 100-point club.
Senior defenseman Sean Nevin forced three turnovers and picked up five ground balls, while Benjamin Vayer also totaled three caused turnovers to go with three ground balls.
Two quick Susquehanna goals in the fourth quarter made it 7-4, the first three-goal lead of the contest. That came after Voorhees had picked off a pass on the clear and gone in all alone for the breakaway goal that shaved the BC deficit to one at 5-4.
After Voorhees' second of the period and fourth of the game was answered by Alec Tzaneteas's fourth goal of the contest, Blake Mann scored on a drive from behind the cage to tie Derrick Daniels as the program's all-time leading scorer (104 points).
Freshman Justin Calabrese would score to make it 8-7 but it came too late for a comeback chance, with just one second remaining on the clock.
Voorhees gave the Eagles the lead on their first attacking chance of the game, driving from behind the cage and finishing it off for a 1-0 scoreline.
After the Eagles killed off a 30-second penalty, Edward Martin III made a key hustle play, sprinting back to deflect the shot from James Harabedian from behind.
That was part of a sustained period of possession for Susquehanna, with Preston Ouellette hitting the crossbar. The River Hawks finally broke through with a goal by Jake Smolokoff in the final minute of the first.
Martin ran down Harabedian from behind again in the second quarter to prevent an odd-man rush. Soon after, Harabedian's shot was blocked by Metzger, one of his nine first half saves.
Erik Lanyi snuck a shot through Metzger to give the visitors a 2-1 halftime lead, with Tzanateas hitting Suquehanna's second pipe of the contest late in the second quarter.
Calabrese hit the post for Bridgewater in the third quarter. The Eagles tied it late in the period as Voorhees finished off a nice feed from MacLeish, but Tzaneteas scored with 1:01 on the clock to give the River Hawks a 4-3 lead heading into the final frame.
Bridgewater is 4-4 and will play at home again next Saturday vs. Virginia Wesleyan, in an important ODAC clash. Susquehanna improves to 7-1 on the year.